Sydney Festival is all about exploring a spectacular array of arts events from around the world. But, let’s face it, the food is pretty important as well. This year we have gone above and beyond and put together a line up of internationally-inspired food vendors for Meriton Festival Village in Hyde Park and The Cutaway at Barangaroo Reserve that will have you (quite frankly) drooling.

Whether you’re after a pre-show dinner or just looking for an alfresco bite to eat on a warm summer’s evening, we’ve got you covered this January…

Saké – these masters of Japanese cuisine will be turning out some impressive fare including “Japanese loaded fries” (crisp fried gobo chips with tonkatsu and kewpie mayo), Kirin braised lamb ribs with Furikake spice, kirin-ake sauce and Japanese slaw and their famous Prawn Shumai with spicy ponzu.

Fratelli Fresh – will be all about robust flavours and fresh produce, offering vibrant Italian dishes such as crispy squid loaded hotdogs, fresh Caprese salad and duck ragu penne with orange and bitter chocolate.

Porteño Pie Shop – from the chefs Ben Milgate and Elvis Abrahanowicz we’ll get this flavoured-packed pop up that riffs on the Argentinian influenced grill and updates an Aussie staple (the humble pie) with hand-made versions filled with BBQ brisket with buttered peas and pickled jalapeño, grilled chicken, leek and tarragon and a tasty vege option: marinated peppers and eggplant with salsa verde.

Bodega Cantina – Milgate and Abrahanowicz will also be offering Meriton Festival Villagers a taste of their signature South American street food with a menu bouncing from corn and cheese tamales to grilled chicken quesadillas and Chimichanga pibil, which can all be washed down with refreshing cold drinks and sweet ices.

Mary’s – renowned for their epic burgers, the Mary’s crew will be serving up juicy burgers (made from the best quality O’Connor grass-fed beef on soft milk buns with real American cheese and house smoked bacon) and crispy fried chicken.

Cow and the Moon – will be scooping out artisan, house-made gelati straight from their “Gelato Lab”.

Double Roasters Caravan – this is the place for sweet-toothed festival-goers and the place to sample a range of sugary treats and hand-made pastries including cookies, brownies, lemon curd tart and gluten free gateaux perfectly paired with espresso coffees and cold juices created by Trippas White Group.

Festival goers can also enjoy a tipple from one of the Meriton Festival Village bars with beer and cider from Kirin and a variety of wines from the Hunter Valley region – plus the perfect summer drink, Frose, on offer as a new menu addition from James Estate Wines.

There’ll also be lots of tasty activity going on over in The Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve:

Chrissy’s Cuts Sausage Dogs – will have the meat-lovers satisfied. Almost too special to be called hotdogs, these delicious bundles are made with Chrissy’s own sausages (hand-twisted from free range, prime cuts of meat with no leftovers, preservatives or mystery meat) and served up as either a pork ‘sausage dog’ (with red cabbage, lemon yoghurt sauce, mint and walnuts) or a beef ‘sausage dog’ (with kohlrabi remoulade, watercress and craft ale mustard).

Pizza da Mario Pop-Up – will also keep the dough-addicts happy, slinging authentic pizzas from a bespoke shipping container designed by Victoria Hampshire, complete with a 3 tonne wood burning oven imported from Naples.

Sundweesh – will cater to those looking for Middle-Eastern flavours, dishing up its popular fillings of Kafta, tabouli, hummus or chicken with peri and slaw on custom sized Lebanese breads.

And last but certainly not least…

Bar Coco will bring Alfio Coco’s Italian heritage and undeniable passion to the Cutaway with barista-brewed coffee, gelato, soft serve cones and other delicious treats.